This lovely moment (left) from a garden near Timbuktu, Mali, serves as another reminder of WorldServe’s work to expand access to water. Pitt says that this young woman was working alongside a little girl, who was probably her sister. “Imagine that you’re a little girl working, and you’re carrying these 30-pound buckets,” he says. “They make it work, but it’s tough.”
This photo (middle), taken just outside Arusha, Tanzania, brings WorldServe’s work to life. “One gallon of water is eight pounds,” Pitt says. “She’s holding a five-gallon bucket—40 pounds if it were full. Let’s say it’s 30 pounds. She’s also holding a 20-pound child, and she’s walked up a hill that’s maybe 40 or 50 feet. She’s walked over the ridge, and she’s going to walk down the ravine to get to the creek. She’ll walk back up, and then she’ll walk back down. She may do this three or four times every day. She’s going through all of this to get water from a creek that’s not clean.
His guides helped connect him with this young man (right), who was dressed in traditional clothing and willing to be photographed. “He hardly ever changed that expression, which is basically, ‘I’m going to punch you in the face,’” Pitt remembers. “But he was super cooperative, no matter how I asked him to turn or pose. At the end of the photo session, I offered him the equivalent of about $5 in Tanzania shillings. He shook me off and asked for $20 in shillings, and he deserved it. I like the shot, but I also like that he held his ground. I would have paid whatever he said.”